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    10-22-2012, 03:50 AM
I would have the sellers return my money and take back the horse, I would start looking for a nicer horse. Let them deal with her issues
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    10-22-2012, 04:10 AM
Originally Posted by stevenson    
i would have the sellers return my money and take back the horse, I would start looking for a nicer horse. Let them deal with her issues
And if it's not anything to do with the horse's 'niceness', not her 'issue' aside that something's hurting her?? I'd want to work out what the problem was before I jumped to that.
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    10-22-2012, 04:14 AM
Loosie.. to each thier own. I gave my opinion. The horse has a problem/issue or whatever you choose to term it. I would return the horse.
    10-22-2012, 08:18 AM
Hiya the problem is she a fabulous in everyway apart from the one I mentioned, she is super at ground work , fab for brushing rugging farrier dentist , even my 2 year old autistic child can be around her she doesnt seem to have a bad bone in her body to be honest, but as soon as you try to get a foot in styrrups it all goes wrong!
I have spoken to my local back specialist and she seems to think she may still be settling in and testing her grounds with her being young, she says to leave her a day or so and try again, only thing is my daughter is losing confidence with her...
Once in the saddle apart from once trying to buck her off in trot she fab stands ,stops does everything asked quite happily , will stand tacked up at side of you , but don't touch the styrrups!
    10-22-2012, 11:10 AM
I agree that you need to rule out pain first (especially if she is bucking in the trot!!), then if she is truly just having a behavioral issue you can work with her or maybe get a trainer to help you work with her if you don't know how to earn her trust and get thru this. She is new to you, she is testing you (if there isn't an injury of course). Do not try to force yourself on her by having someone lift the leg or otherwise restrain her. What happens when you need to get on and no one is there to forcibly help you mount?

Your daughter sounds very experienced, but if she doesn't know how to fix this problem with patience and trust then I definitely suggest getting someone who can help you work thru it. Sometimes horses who test us the most in the beginning become the most dedicated partners in the end!
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    10-22-2012, 02:33 PM
It sounds a lot like a pain issue to me as well, especially if she is bucking at the trot. The gelding may have tried to mount her or something may have happened while she was in the trailer. A vet or equine chiro needs to come and physically check her out.
    10-22-2012, 02:45 PM
Are you using a different saddle or did the saddle come with her?

Can you post pics of her under saddle?
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    10-22-2012, 09:57 PM
Originally Posted by stevenson    
Loosie.. to each thier own. I gave my opinion. The horse has a problem/issue or whatever you choose to term it. I would return the horse.
Yep, no worries, I just gave mine on that note.
    10-22-2012, 10:45 PM
When the issue of pain is determined and resolved if necessary and you are ready to begin the training again. D o I t s l o w l y. By the time you get around to anyone being on her back, don't do anything more than that. Just get on. Sit for a minute. Get off. 'nuff done for a day. Repeat daily for a week or two. Then maybe walk. Walk ONLY. If there is any hiccough, investigate for pain, miscommunication, poor fit...

Do NOT ask for further steps until the early steps are solid. So she saddles fine. Good. Keep it that way. If you keep trying to get in the saddle while there is an issue, she soon won't let you put a saddle on her. Put weight ON the saddle maybe. A couple of feedbags with 20kg in each, tied closely together. Place it on the saddle and stand still. Remove after a minute. Put on, groom, praise, whatever, take off. Just make sure it's not going to fall off and spook her :)

Baby steps.
    10-23-2012, 09:49 AM
Been down and lunger her fine, walk trot etc etcsuperb!
Only hiccup being when tried to saddle her up she was bouncing all over the place but after a stern telling she seeemed to calm down a little and on went the saddle!
So seems that its the saddling up and getting on !
Only thing that throws it is that she bucked in the trot! But.. only once then was ok?!!

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